Nokia to expand Bhartis GSM/GPRS/EDGE networks

Thursday 27 May 2004 09:57 CET | News

Indias Bharti Tele-Ventures, has chosen Nokia to expand its GSM/GPRS network in a deal worth approximately 275 million USD, projected for the next three years for the supply of equipment and managed services. Nokia will supply both core and GSM/EDGE radio network equipment to build or upgrade Bhartis networks in five "telecom circles" in a deal which includes the full management of Bhartis network by Nokia. Bharti currently serves more than seven million customers under the brand name AirTel. Under a two-year agreement, Nokia will supply equipment to modernize AirTels existing circles in Mumbai, Maharashtra (including Goa), and Gujarat. Nokia has not previously supplied networks to AirTel in these circles. In addition, Nokia will deploy new networks for AirTel in Bihar, Jharkhand, and Orissa states. The deployment will boost network capacity up to five-fold, providing reduced congestion, seamless coverage and enhanced quality across the five circles, including the important commercial hubs of Mumbai, Maharashtra and Gujarat. As part of the contract, Nokia will continuously deliver equipment and services based on Bhartis capacity requirements, securing a cost-efficient rollout of on-demand capacity. In addition, Nokia and Bharti have signed a three-year service contract for network deployment, maintenance and managed services in all five circles. As part of this contract, Bharti will outsource its network management and maintenance activities to Nokia, including the transfer of a number of Bharti employees. Nokia will provide installation, system integration and an extensive range of care services including, emergency support, software maintenance and training to maintain the competitiveness of Bhartis networks. The services will be provided using Nokia NetAct(TM), the only fully-featured, multi-vendor, multi-technology operations support system on a single platform. In addition, Nokia will provide spare part management service for multi-vendor hardware. In addition to a full GSM/GPRS system, Nokia and AirTel plan to deploy EDGE technology (Enhanced Data Rate for Global Evolution), voice quality enhancers and dual band networks (GSM 900/1800). With EDGE, AirTel customers can experience faster data transfer rates when compared with competing wireless technologies while enjoying the full potential of advanced mobile Internet services such streaming videos and other Internet based multimedia services.

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